Prunus besseyi Sand Cherry

Excellent for Xeriscapes | Hardy to Zone 3
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Features to Note


3 - 6

Mature Height

6 Feet

Mature Width

6 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
3 - 6
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


A North American native species of cherry, a western sand cherry, this flowering shrub blooms in clusters of single white blooms in May and produces heavy crops of edible, sweet fruit in July to mid-August. The dark purple to black cherries can be eaten fresh or dried, baked in pies, or cooked in jams, jellies, and preserves.

This winter-hardy deciduous shrub provides food and nesting cover for songbirds, its silver-green foliage of summer turning purple in fall. The bush prefers well-drained soil, is drought tolerant, once established, and will even tolerate hot, dry soil, making it a perfect choice for water-conserving xeriscapes. It is occasionally used in border plantings and makes a good screen or hedge.


Genus: Prunus
Species: besseyi
Item Form: Bareroot
Category: Trees and Shrubs
Bloom Season Start: Mid Spring
Bloom Season End: Late Spring
Bloom Color: White
Habit: Upright
USDA Zone Low: 3
USDA Zone High: 6
Uses: Beds, Fall Color, Specimen
Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6
State Shipping Restrictions: AL, AZ, CA, CO, GU, ID, LA, MS, OR, PR, VI, WA
Discount Exempt: No



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